Should You Get Tested For COVID-19? Symptoms To Watch For And Prevention Tips

COVID-19 is something everyone has tried to avoid for nearly a year now. With everyone social distancing, and staying home more often, and staying safe, COVID-19 is still with us. There's still a need for testing, a need for treatment, and a need for prevention to keep you and others safe. If you are experiencing some symptoms, but you aren't sure if you need to be tested for COVID-19, read on for some symptoms that you should go in to be tested.

COVID-19​ Symptoms

COVID-19 is a virus that has a lot of similar symptoms as a cold or the flu, which makes it hard to tell if you have this virus. If you are experiencing some of the same symptoms of a cold or the flu, and you have been around anyone that has had COVID-19, you should get tested. Some of the symptoms that may present themselves that you may not usually have with the cold or the flu includes:

  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Difficult breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Extreme tiredness

If you have these symptoms alone or accompanied by a dry cough, runny nose, headache, or other symptoms, it could be COVID-19. To be sure, you need to get a COVID-19 test. You can find a testing site by searching by your state and county where you live. There are a number of testing sites that offer rapid testing, or that offer testing that may take a few days to get results back.

Prevention Tips

Preventing COVID-19 is important, and there are things you can do to help do your part. Wearing a face mask when you're out in public can help prevent COVID-19, as can social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet away from others. Remember to wash your hands often with warm water and anti-bacterial soap. Wipe down surfaces often at home to prevent the spread of germs, take off shoes when you get home, and wash your coat often as well, especially children's coats. Wipe down backpacks for children that are of school age, or spray them with an anti-bacterial spray. 

If you think you may have COVID-19, you can consult your physician to be sure. Find a testing facility and do your part to find out for sure if you have COVID-19. If you do test positive, you need to be sure you quarantine and let anyone else that you have been near know that you have tested positive to help prevent the spread. 

For more information about COVID-19 testing, contact a local testing site.